In DreamWorks Animation
’s winsome toon “Turbo
,” a junior speed maven dreams of competing in the Indianapolis 500
. There’s just one small problem: He’s a snail. Closer in spirit to Pixar’s “Ratatouille” than anything the folks at Dwa have yet made, this endearing underdog story finds the publicly traded computer-animation studio taking a welcome risk and betting on a farfetched story idea, rather than a clearly spinoff-ready property (that said, Netflix has already booked the “Turbo
F.A.S.T.” series for December). The result is plenty appealing, especially for younger auds, though it will be a stretch for this snail tale to snare the crowd it needs to recoup its nine-figure budget.
Sheer expense aside, “Turbo
” adheres to an otherwise safe formula, combining cute cartoon characters with the standard all-American “dream big” message: If a rat can thrive in a French restaurant, then why can’t